President Obama on Thursday linked hurricanes and other extreme weather events to climate change. After touring the National Hurricane Center in Miami, the president defended his controversial plan to combat climate change, which centers on new restrictions on power-plant emissions, increased auto fuel efficiency standards and a host of other steps.
“The best climate scientists in the world are telling us that extreme weather events like hurricanes are likely to become more powerful. When you combine stronger storms with rising seas, that’s a recipe for more devastating floods,” he said.
It’s too bad the camera’s didn’t swing around to check the dismay evident on the faces of the Hurricane Center’s employees.
Al Gore has made the faulty hurricane-global warming connection too. Here’s what I wrote in Chapter 7 of Climategate:
If you want to observe a branch of meteorology where there is virtual consensus regarding global warming, look no farther than to those who actually study and forecast hurricanes. This community of scientists knows Gore is prancing about au naturel.
Re-enter Dr. William Gray, unquestionably the world’s foremost hurricane forecaster. He founded the Tropical Meteorology Project at Colorado State University in the 1960s, where he developed the fine art of forecasting hurricanes in the Atlantic Basin, including the Gulf of Mexico. Numerous times Dr. Gray has told my radio audience, “I am of the opinion that global warming is one of the greatest hoaxes ever perpe- trated on the American people.”
Gray’s opinion is not based on a gut feeling—it’s based on the science. And he is not alone.
“All my colleagues that have been around a long time—I think if you go to ask the last four or five directors of the National Hurricane Center—we all don’t think this is human-induced global warming,” says Dr. Gray.
Indeed, another pioneer in hurricane research, and a 13-year director of the National Hurricane Center, Dr. Neil Frank, told the Washington Post, “It’s a hoax.”189
When asked if he thought increasing carbon dioxide in the atmosphere could actually be a good thing he replied, “Exactly! Maybe we’re living in a carbon dioxide-starved world. We don’t know…”
Consider some noteworthy hurricanes, none of which occurred in particularly hot years:
Deadliest Hurricane: More than 8,000 people perished September 8, 1900, when a Category 4 hurricane barreled into Galveston, Texas. The storm surges exceeded 15 feet, and winds howled at 130 mph, destroying more than half of the city’s homes.
Most Intense Hurricane: An unnamed storm slammed into the Florida Keys during Labor Day, 1935. Researchers estimated sustained winds reached 150–200 mph with higher gusts. The storm killed an estimated 408 people.
Greatest Storm Surge: In 1969, Hurricane Camille produced a 25-foot storm surge in Mississippi. Camille, a Category 5 storm, was the strongest storm of any kind to ever strike mainland America. When the eye hit Mississippi, winds gusted up to 200 mph. The hurricane caused the deaths of 143 people along the coast from Alabama into Louisiana and led to another 113 deaths as the weakening storm moved inland.
Earliest and Latest hurricanes: The hurricane season is defined as June 1 through November 30. The earliest observed hurricane in the Atlantic was on March 7, 1908, while the latest observed hurricane was on December 31, 1954. The earliest hurricane to strike the United States was Alma, which struck northwest Florida on June 9, 1966. The latest hurricane to strike the United States was on November 30, 1925, near Tampa, Florida.
Hurricanes, one of the favorite proofs that advocates of anthropogenic global warming use to validate their claims, have become earth’s biggest bogeyman.
Reporters can call names, senators can make unfounded pronouncements, the Terminator can pump his biceps, and the U.N. can hold conferences on impending doom, but the only consensus regarding the connection of hurricanes and global warming is that there is no connection between the two.
However, like slick slip-and-fall lawyers, the Marxist elites pushing their social engineering agenda are not about to let a few facts thwart their plans. There’s too much wealth at stake that needs to be spread around.
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